【브레이크뉴스 대구】진예솔 기자=대구와 경북에서 선거에 나서는 후보들이 토론을 피하는 태도로 논란을 불러일으키고 있다.
대구에서는 국민의힘 홍준표 대구시장 후보가 “토론은 한번이면 충분하다”며 법정토론 1회만을 참석한다는 입장을 밝혔다.
이에 경쟁후보인 더불어민주당 서재헌 대구시장 후보와, 정의당 한민정 대구시장 후보, 기본소득당 신원호 후보는 모두 홍준표 후보의 태도에 비판하며 목소리를 냈다.'
서재헌 대구시장 후보는 “홍준표 후보가 토론에 참석하지 않겠다고 하며 공식적인 토론회만 딱 1회 진행될 예정이다. 그런데 그나마도 평일 밤 11시에 TV 토론회가 진행될 예정으로 선관위와 방송사는 그 시간이 황금시간대라고 말하고 있다.”며 문제점을 지적했다.
한민정 후보는 홍 후보에게 추가 토론회를 참석하라고 촉구하며 기자회견을 개최했다. 그는 홍준표 후보를 향해 “토론이 겁나면 지금 사퇴하라고 직접 하신 말씀 잘 기억하실 것”이라면서 “토론이 겁나면 지금 당장 사퇴하라.”고 꼬집었다.
그나마 법정토론회 조차 참석을 하지 못하게 된 신원호 후보 역시 비판의 목소리를 냈다.
그는 “당초 대구선관위가 후보 4명이 모두 참가하는 토론회를 열겠다고 공지했다가 돌연 입장을 바꿔 저에게 토론회 참석 불가를 통보했다"면서 ”대구선관위가 국민의힘 홍준표 후보의 뒤늦은 부동의를 허용해준 것으로 보인다.“며 입장을 밝혔다.
신 후보는 홍준표 후보를 향해 "인터뷰, 방송, 정책협약 모두 피하는 홍 후보가 뭐가 두려워 이제는 청년 후보까지 피하느냐"고 목소리를 높였다.
대구선관위는 시장 선거에 출마한 모든 후보가 참여하는 토론회를 추진했으나 최근 홍 후보 측 반대로 신 후보를 배제한 것으로 알려진다.
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Candidates running for elections in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province are arousing controversy by avoiding debate.
In Daegu, Candidate Hong Jun-pyo of the People's Power announced that he would attend only one court debate, saying, "One discussion is enough."
Competing candidates, Seo Jae-heon, Daegu Mayor of the Democratic Party, Han Min-jung, Daegu Mayor of the Justice Party, and Shin Won-ho of the Basic Income Party, all criticized Hong Joon-pyo's attitude and voiced their voices.
Daegu Mayor Candidate Seo Jae-heon said, "Candidate Hong Jun-pyo said that he would not attend the debate, and only one official debate will be held. However, the TV debate is scheduled to be held at 11 p.m. on weekdays, and the National Election Commission and broadcasting companies are saying that it is the prime time.”
Candidate Han Min-jung held a press conference urging Hong to attend an additional debate. He pointed to Candidate Hong Jun-pyo, saying, “If you are afraid of discussion, you will remember him directly saying to resign now.” “If you are afraid of discussion, resign now.”
Candidate Shin Won-ho, who was unable to attend even the court hearings, also voiced criticism.
He said, "At first, the Daegu Election Commission announced that it would hold a discussion forum in which all four candidates would participate, but abruptly changed its position and notified me that I would not be able to participate in the discussion," he said. I see it,” he said.
Candidate Shin raised his voice towards Candidate Hong Jun-pyo, saying, "What is it that Hong is afraid of, who avoids interviews, broadcasts, and policy agreements?
The Daegu Election Commission promoted a discussion forum in which all candidates running for mayor participated, but it is known that candidate Shin was recently excluded due to opposition from Candidate Hong.
In North Gyeongsang Province, Superintendent Lim Jong-sik's refusal to debate has raised controversy.
According to the Gyeongbuk Election Commission, the criteria for invitation to the TV debate for the superintendent election without a political party are candidates who have run for office within the last four years and have received 10% or more of the votes or candidates who have received an average of 5% or more in the opinion poll conducted from April 19 to May 18. Only those conducted by daily newspapers or broadcasters are accepted for polls.
According to the standard, only one candidate, Jong-shik Lim, was invited to the election four years ago and was elected.
However, an official from the candidate's side, Lim Jong-sik, said, "There is no need to do this together."
In response, Candidate Lim Jun-hee, who was the opposite candidate, said, "For the past four years, Candidate Lim Jong-shik has been accused of preferential treatment for the purchase of a site for a kindergarten in Pohang, preferential treatment for election publicity, allegations of irregularities in supplying various goods, ignoring rigging bids for air purifiers, and suspicion of the candidate's own progressive identity. There were a lot of problems.” He said, “I wanted to focus on these issues in the discussion, but the opportunity for verification was blocked at the source because Candidate Lim did not enter the forum at all.”
In November of last year, the Gyeongbuk Office of Education received a search and seizure by the police along with the Pohang Office of Education in connection with the suspicion of the purchase process of a kindergarten site in the Pohang area, and in March of this year, even the superintendent's office was raided due to suspicions raised in the process of supplying food processors, etc.
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